While my fellow Americans were busy preparing snack trays and beer coolers, I was busy swimming in warm salt water. Don't get me wrong, we still had a Super Bowl party. Heck, our hosts took over the resort restaurant with an inflatable projector screen and a buffet of quesadillas, chips, and beer. But the hype during the day wasn't there. No last minute beer runs, no crowds of navy blue jerseys, and nobody asked me what side I was rooting for. Just tiny bikinis, bare feet and coconut water all day long.
I'm guilty of watching the "game" for the commercials, but this year's lineup put such a damper on our Super Bowl party we all ended up taking "beach brakes" during the commercials instead. During one of these "beach breaks" a local asked what our party was for. I told him it was for the Super Bowl and hesitantly asked if the Super Bowl was even a "thing" in Costa Rica. He chuckled to himself before explaining that in Costa Rica they have only one Super Bowl commercial. That commercial doesn't sell you a product or pull at your heartstrings. Nope. That commercial is broadcast as a way to inform everyone about how crazy Americans are. It shows statistics on how much beer we consume during the game, how many people watch, how many watch only for the commercials, and how many potato chips we can mindlessly consume during the game. Sounds a bit like the "weight watchers" commercial that aired during the game…
Cheers to my fellow crazy Americans.